The EFX 423 is the base model in Precor's Precision Elliptical Series, a step up from the Energy Series with commercial-grade build and design. Although expensive, the quality warrants the hefty price tag.
The Precor EFX 423 is built strong and rugged, able to withstand years of heavy usage. You get a high-contrast LCD display showing 13 workout metrics including calories, time, ramp level, distance, stride per minute and heart rate.
Let's look at some of the best features on this machine...
Reviews of the Precor EFX 423 have been very positive, as the Precision Series is as close as you can get to a gym quality machine. Although the more affordable Energy Series is great in its own right, the Precision ellipticals are that much better.
The EFX 423 features CrossRamp technology, with elevations all the way up to 40 degrees and 20 different levels, allowing you to target different muscle groups in the legs. The motion is smooth and natural throughout.
There are 10 different workouts to choose from, including intervals, weight loss, cross country, aerobic, hill climb and heart rate control, and 5 workout accelerators.
You can measure your heart rate via touch or wirelessly if you have a chest strap monitor. Smart Rate technology helps keep you in your ideal zone: Fat Burn, Cardio or Peak Target.
As we mentioned, the Precor EFX 423 is the base model in the series. It is very similar to the EFX 425, the only difference is this one has stationary handlebars vs. moving on the 425. So if you are interested in an upper body workout take a look at that model as well.
The best of the series is the top of the line EFX 447, which gives you a lot more workouts (25 preset and 16 personalized) plus workout tracking through the company's Preva technology. Still, it is $1000 more expensive than the EFX 423, so you have to weigh the benefits.
The Precor EFX 423 is a great elliptical, and worth looking at if you are interested in a commercial-quality machine for your home. It is expensive however, and for our money we would opt for at least the 425 with movable handlebars as we like an upper body option as well.
If you are OK with stationary handlebars, this machine has plenty to keep you motivated and will last for years and years with minimal maintenance required.
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